Mumbai Police, Republic TV face off again

Cops claim they have busted TRP racket involving Republic; channel has denied wrongdoing; BARC say

NEW DELHI: The Mumbai Police on Thursday said it has uncovered a TRP manipulation racket involving Republic TV. Two Marathi channels are also under investigation in the case.

With executives from the Republic – which claims to have the highest ratings among news outlets – being called in for questioning tomorrow, the channel dismissed the allegations and slammed the police for being vengeful.

"We have busted a fake TRP racket involving Republic TV and two Marathi channels – Fakt Marathi and Box Cinema. The owners of the Marathi channels have been arrested," Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh said in a press conference.

Republic TV has released a clarification on Twitter dismissing the allegations made against it by the Mumbai Police as “false.” The channel also accused police commissioner Param Bir Singh of a personal vendetta “because we have questioned him in Sushant Singh Rajput Case investigation.”

The news network claimed that there are no mentions of Republic TV in any Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) report and threatened to file a criminal defamation case against the Mumbai Police.

Following this controversy, BARC also issued a statement, promising to cooperate with the Mumbai police in their probe.

“As in all our previous cases of suspected panel homes intrusions, BARC India continues to follow its established vigilance and disciplinary guidelines. BARC remains steadfastly true to its purpose to accurately and faithfully report ‘What India Watches. BARC India appreciates the efforts of the Mumbai Police and will provide the support asked of it,” a BARC spokesperson said.

Detailing how the alleged scam operated, Singh said that the accused would ask certain households in Mumbai to keep some channels on even while they were not watching them. “One accused has been arrested with Rs 20 lakh seized while Rs 8.5 lakh has been found in a bank locker.”

He added that bank accounts of the accused channels will be investigated properly, along with their sources of ad revenue. If any criminal activities are observed, further action will be taken against them.

One of the arrested persons reportedly used to work with a company under BARC. Some of the wanted accused people are past and existing employees of Hansa Research Group Pvt Ltd and they have misused confidential data which had been entrusted to them.

Hansa Research CEO Praveen Nijhara clarified, "This is with reference to the media reports regarding TRP ratings being manipulated. Hansa Research and BARC conducted an investigation into the matter over the last few weeks, the conclusion of which resulted in Hansa Research filing an FIR against an ex-employee who was engaged in some wrongdoing. Hansa Research has always been vigilant about these issues and has been proactive in informing BARC and the law enforcement agencies as and when such cases have come to our notice. We would continue to cooperate with BARC and with the authorities as and when called upon to do so.”

Latest Reads
Celebrate Halloween with Movies NOW and MNX’s blockbuster premieres, The Prodigy and Child’s Play

Halloween is the perfect time to grab some popcorn, huddle with your loved ones and watch some spooky movies! Indulging viewers in an exciting night of thrills and chills with back to back movies that will get you in the Halloween spirit, Movies NOW and MNX is all set to simulcast the Indian...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Can media reporting hamper due course of law, asks Bombay HC

NEW DELHI: The Bombay high court has sought written submissions from all parties regarding the adverse effects of media reporting on any investigation and the court’s own jurisdiction in such cases, in the ongoing case of PIL against media trials. The case has been pushed to 6 November for further...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
India Ahead’s Bhupendra Chaubey bets big on regional news

MUMBAI: Senior journalist and former main man of CNN News18, Bhupendra Chaubey is a very busy man. He is juggling the affairs of 12 editions of Telugu daily Andhra Prabha as well as running English news channel India Ahead. Since joining the national news channel as owner & co-promoter in June...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
BARC week 42: Amazon retains top brand spot

NEW DELHI: The Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) of India has released its data for top advertisers and brands for the period between 10 October to 16 October 2020. The data reflects the top 10 advertisers and brands across genres on India television, 2+ Individuals, NCCS All demonstrating...

Television TV Channels Viewership
Catch the non-stop Hollywood dhamaka on Sony PIX all of November

MUMBAI: It is going to be non-stop entertainment on Sony PIX owing to a barrage of special programming which includes the Indian Television Premiere of Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Happy Death Day 2U and US; Diwali Dynamite – a multi-language festival, and Amazement at primetime...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
Applause Entertainment releases 18 premium drama series in 19 months

MUMBAI: The content ecosystem has witnessed a boom with the advent of streaming services and an upsurge in non-linear content consumption. Amidst the creative revolution, Applause Entertainment has produced 18 diverse shows in multiple languages in a short span of time.

Television Production House Post Production
MK Anand asserts that advertisers are reposing faith in news channels

NEW DELHI: Times Network MD and CEO M K Anand believes the TRP scandal couldn’t have come at a better time. In a virtual fireside chat with’s founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief Anil Wanvari during the NT Awards 2020 Summit powered by TVU Networks, Anand said the incident has...

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
BARC week 42: Zee TV bags second spot on pay platform

MUMBAI: Zee TV displaced Colors to bag the second spot on pay platform in week 42 (Saturday 17 October 2020 to Friday 23 October 2020) of Broadcast Audience Research Council of India (BARC) data. Star Utsav has climbed up to fifth position in pay platform. Pay Platform

Television TV Channels Viewership
&flix Decodes Movie Lovers In India Through Their Latest Consumer Study Titled: Hollywood Is For Everyone

Hollywood’s growing larger-than-life appeal knows no bounds. With its sophisticated visual effects, unique concepts and aspirational characters, today its fandom in India cuts across languages and cultures. Delving deep into the universe of these passionate fans, &flix, the destination for the...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories

* indicates required